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At the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, we work to break the chains of monopoly power in all sectors of our economy. From challenging incumbent cable monopolies in order to promote better Internet connectivity to pointing out how Amazon pushes loca...Show More
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Independent Musicians and the Anti-Monopoly Movement

28:43 | Jul 11th

Host Zach Freed is joined by Kevin Erickson, Director of the Future of Music Coalition. Zach and Kevin talk about the music industry's role in the growing anti-monopoly movement and Kevin's work at the intersection of music, community organizing and ...Show More
Boulder's Path to 100% Renewable Energy

39:09 | Jun 27th

Host John Farrell chats with Jonathan Koehn, the Regional Sustainability Director for Boulder, CO. Jonathan explains how Boulder plans to get 100% renewable energy by 2030. They also discuss: Boulder’s long history of pursuing sustainability which he...Show More
Energy Monopolies: The Dark Side of the Electricity Business

44:22 | Jun 13th

Host John Farrell is joined by David Pomerantz, Executive Director of the Energy and Policy Institute. John and David discuss how electric utility companies have become so powerful and how they use this power to protect their profits rather than the ...Show More
Podcast Share: Laura Flanders Show - Whose Economy Is It? Ours.

29:38 | Jun 6th

This week, we’re bringing you a bonus episode from one of our friends and favorite podcasters Laura Flanders. … Read More
How to Bring High-Speed Internet to Public Housing

47:40 | May 30th

This week we're rebroadcasting an episode of our Community Broadband Bits podcast that details our recent report on San Francisco's innovative efforts to close the digital divide in public housing. Host Chris Mitchell is joined by former ILSR intern ...Show More
2020 Election: Policies that Can Tackle Corporate Concentration

39:07 | May 16th

Host Chris Mitchell is joined by ILSR co-directors Stacy Mitchell and John Farrell as well as ILSR co-founder David Morris to discuss the 2020 election and policy platforms that focus on anti-concentration. They also discuss: Elizabeth Warren’s propo...Show More
45 Years of Building Local Power

42:02 | May 2nd

In celebration of ILSR's birthday,hosts Stacy Mitchell and Hibba Meraay talk with co-founder David Morris about ILSR's journey over the past 45 years. They discuss: what led to the founding of ILSR and how the governing structure of Washington D.C. p...Show More
Rebuilding Puerto Rico's Electricity System Democratically

45:43 | Apr 18th

Host John Farrell talks with Marcel Castro Sitiriche, co-director of Cohimas at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, about the challenges Puerto Rico faces in building a clean and resilient energy system. They discuss: the impact of hurricane Mari...Show More
Shining a Light on Anti-Competitive Behavior

43:48 | Apr 4th

Host Chris Mitchell is joined by ILSR Co-Directors Stacy Mitchell and John Farrell for a conversation on various anti-competitive corporate actions and state policies that might have slipped under your radar. They discuss: the recent AT&T and Time Wa...Show More
Why Garbage Incinerators Are A Bad Deal For Communities

36:23 | Mar 21st

Host John Farrell speaks with ILSR’s Marie Donahue and Neil Seldman about the harmful impact of burning trash to generate electricity. The trio dive into ILSR’s recent report Waste Incineration: A Dirty Secret in How States Define Renewable Energy. T...Show More
Internet Access: Getting the U.S. Up To Speed

38:35 | Mar 7th

Host Chris Mitchell speaks with author and broadband champion Susan Crawford about her book Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution - And Why American Might Miss It. Chris and Susan talk about bringing better connectivity to rural and urban areas.They also...Show More
Race and the Economy: A Structural Problem

31:55 | Feb 21st

Host Stacy Mitchell speaks with Maurice BP-Weeks, co-director of the Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE). Stacy and Maurice talk about ACRE’s work at the intersection of racial justice and Wall Street accountability. They also discuss: how o...Show More
People Love Local Food. But Local Farmers are Disappearing. What’s Going On?

39:02 | Feb 7th

Host Stacy Mitchell speaks with Leah Douglas, a staff writer and associate editor at the Food and Environment Reporting Network. They explore how advocates, local communities, and states are taking on agriculture monopolies. Topics discussed include:...Show More
How Minneapolis is Planning for a More Equitable Future

45:00 | Jan 24th

Host John Farrell speaks with Minneapolis City Council Member Jeremy Schroeder. Jeremy and John discuss the city's plans to combat climate change, increase affordable housing, and make sure Minneapolis is accessible to all residents. Topics discusse...Show More
Electricity and Internet: Pieces of the Same Puzzle

40:54 | Jan 10th

Host Chris Mitchell speaks with community broadband pioneer Billy Ray. They talk about the parallels between the movements for municipal electric utilities and community broadband networks. Topics discussed include: why it matters that electricity is...Show More
Will Santa Sleigh the Monopolies?

38:00 | Dec 27th, 2018

Host Chris Mitchell is joined by ILSR Co-Directors Stacy Mitchell and John Farrell for a year in review. The trio take a look back on developments in the movement against corporate concentration in the past year and reflect on what more it’ll take to...Show More
How Community Composting Disrupts Big Waste

42:58 | Dec 13th, 2018

Host Brenda Platt speaks with Terry Craghead of Fertile Ground, a worker-owned community composting cooperative in Oklahoma City. Fertile Ground is building up the local economy by reducing food waste, creating jobs and combatting climate change. Top...Show More
How Phoenix Became an Unlikely Champion of Local Business

32:30 | Nov 29th, 2018

Host Stacy Mitchell is joined by Kimber Lanning, founder of Local First Arizona. A seasoned entrepreneur and community development expert, Kimber’s work focuses on implementing systems and policies to ensure a level playing field for entrepreneurs....Show More
Reining in Dollar Stores

41:42 | Nov 15th, 2018

Hosts Stacy Mitchell and Marie Donahue are joined by Tulsa City Councilor Vanessa Hall-Harper. Vanessa recently led a successful effort to pass an ordinance restricting dollar stores from building new locations in North Tulsa, a predominantly African...Show More
City Ballot Initiatives: A New Tool for Clean Energy Equity

30:15 | Nov 1st, 2018

Host John Farrell is joined by Alan Hipólito, of Verde an environmental non-profit based in Portland, Oregon. Alan is spearheading a campaign for an important initiative on the ballot this year. Topics discussed include: how the ballot initiative fit...Show More
What's Going on With the Internet?

30:30 | Oct 18th, 2018

Host Hibba Meraay, is joined by Chris Mitchell, Director of the Community Broadband initiative, for an update on the progress of community broadband networks and Internet related current events. Topics discussed include: communities that have innovat...Show More
Midterms and Monopolies

47:55 | Oct 4th, 2018

In this episode, Stacy Mitchell chats with author and journalist David Dayen. Stacy and David discuss: the ten-year anniversary of the financial crisis and what today's reporting about it is getting wrong[2:23]; how candidates are talking about corpo...Show More
The Case for Decentralized Recycling

47:21 | Sep 20th, 2018

Host John Farrell is joined by Neil Seldman, ILSR’s co-founder and director of the Waste to Wealth program to discuss how convenient single-bin recycling may have made things easy for the consumer, but harder for cities to capture the economic benefi...Show More
How Cities are Transitioning to 100% Renewable Energy

20:29 | Sep 6th, 2018

Host John Farrell, ILSR's Energy Democracy Initiative Director is joined by Mayor Dale Ross to discuss Georgetown's switch to renewable power.Topics discussed include: an introduction to our new Voices of 100% series from the Local Energy Rules podca...Show More
Running for Congress on an Anti-Monopoly Platform

38:40 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Host Stacy Mitchell is joined by Austin Frerick, former Iowa congressional candidate and Fellow at the Open Markets Institute, to discuss election campaigns that focus on challenging concentrated power. Topics discussed include: how monopolization pl...Show More
Reverse Power Flow, Solar Batteries are Changing the Game

37:38 | Aug 9th, 2018

Host Nick Stumo-Langer is joined by John Farrell, ILSR's Energy Democracy Initiative Director to discuss John's new report on Solar+Storage. Topics discussed include: how power flow is reversing from utilities to consumers literally and figuratively ...Show More
Want to Strengthen Independent Businesses? Use These Policies

32:12 | Jul 26th, 2018

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/indie-biz-policies-blp-episode-51/. Host Nick Stumo-Langer is joined by researchers Stacy Mitchell and Olivia LaVecchia to discuss their new guide to policy tools that strengthen independent businesses. Top...Show More
Amazon's New Path to Monopoly Is Through Your Local Government

35:23 | Jul 12th, 2018

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/amazon-procurement-blp-episode-50. Host Nick Stumo-Langer is joined by researchers Stacy Mitchell and Olivia LaVecchia to discuss their new report detailing Amazon's new thrust into local government procure...Show More
The Huge Supreme Court Cases You May Have Missed

31:25 | Jun 28th, 2018

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/scotus-blp-episode-49/. Guest host Nick Stumo-Langer and ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell discuss two recent Supreme Court cases that have vast implications for the state of our economy and the role of the c...Show More
Innovation in Small Town America

28:49 | Jun 14th, 2018

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/small-town-blp-episode-48/. Three of our researchers (Christopher Mitchell, John Farrell, & Brenda Platt) sit down together to discuss how small cities across America are innovating in the ways they are sup...Show More
The Future of Work Isn't What You Think

50:23 | May 31st, 2018

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/future-of-work-blp-episode-47/. Our co-director Stacy Mitchell sits down with Jobs With Justice Executive Director Sarita Gupta to discuss the state of labor rights in the "gig economy" and the struggles th...Show More
There's Nothing Magical About Vermont

35:48 | May 17th, 2018

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/vermont-is-magic-blp-episode-46/. In this episode, Vermont gets some love from our various policy experts! Stacy Mitchell, Christopher Mitchell, and John Farrell sit down to talk about the ways in which loc...Show More
Understanding Media Monopolies with Laura Flanders

41:27 | May 3rd, 2018

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/media-monopolies-flanders-blp-episode-45. Media personality Laura Flanders sits down with ILSR co-director and Community-Scaled Economy initiative director Stacy Mitchell to discuss the consolidation in med...Show More
Big Utilities See Pushback to Their Dominant Role in State Houses

37:01 | Apr 19th, 2018

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/corporate-state-legislatures-blp-episode-44. Experts Stacy Mitchell, Christopher Mitchell, and John Farrell discuss the impact that concentrated economic power has in state legislatures in topics as wide-ra...Show More
Rescuing Materials and Building Community in Berkeley Thanks to “Waste”

39:03 | Apr 5th, 2018

Show page available here: https://ilsr.org/reuse-berkeley-blp-episode-43. Institute for Local Self-Reliance co-founder Neil Seldman and Communications Manager Nick Stumo-Langer sit down with Dan Knapp and Mary Lou Van Deventer, co-founders of Urb...Show More
Why Aren't Wages Rising? The Answer Sounds a Lot Like Monopoly

49:16 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Show page available here: https://ilsr.org/monopsony-labor-blp-episode-42. Institute for Local Self-Reliance co-director Stacy Mitchell interviews the Roosevelt Institute's Marshall Steinbaum about why American wages aren't rising while our econom...Show More
Paying Taxes Is More Popular Than You Think

28:50 | Mar 8th, 2018

Show page available here: https://ilsr.org/popular-taxes-blp-episode-41/. Institute for Local Self-Reliance Community Broadband Networks initiative director Christopher Mitchell interviews Brookings Institute's Vanessa Williamson on that inexorabl...Show More
Brendan Greeley on Why We Need a Pro-Competition Political Party

44:02 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/competition-party-blp-episode-40/. In this episode of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance's podcast, Community Broadband Networks initiative director Christopher Mitchell and ILSR co-director Stacy Mitche...Show More
Colorado State Senator Steve Fenberg on Local Power Versus Corporate Power

24:34 | Feb 8th, 2018

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/fenberg-local-power-blp-episode-39/. In this episode of ILSR's Building Local Power podcast, Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell interviews Colorado State Senator and renewable energy activis...Show More
Environmental Justice & Local Activism, A Conversation with NAACP Leader Jacqui Patterson

30:00 | Jan 25th, 2018

Show page available here: https://ilsr.org/naacp-activism-blp-episode-38. Jacqui Patterson, the director of the NAACP's Environmental and Climate Justice Program, joined ILSR co-founder and Waste to Wealth initiative researcher Neil Seldman and IL...Show More
Want Your City to Prosper? Then Forget Everything You Think You Know about Economic Growth

52:53 | Jan 11th, 2018

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/strong-towns-blp-episode-37/. In this episode of ILSR's Building Local Power podcast, Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns sits down with Stacy Mitchell to discuss why the conventional wisdom about economic growth ...Show More
The Rising Anti-Monopoly Movement

40:38 | Dec 28th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/anti-monopoly-blp-episode-36. This roundtable discussion between ILSR's Stacy Mitchell, John Farrell, and Christopher Mitchell delves into the growing movement against monopoly power in the political econom...Show More
Building a Zero Waste World, One Community at a Time

28:22 | Dec 14th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/zero-waste-blp-episode-35. Zero waste activist Paul Connett joins ILSR's Neil Seldman and Nick Stumo-Langer to detail how to move communities across the world to a zero waste reality as well as how this act...Show More
Internet Connectivity in Indigenous Communities

26:55 | Nov 30th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/indigenous-internet-blp-episode-34/. Matt Rantanen, Director of Technology at the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association, and Hannah Trostle, an ILSR research associate talk with Christopher Mitc...Show More
Supporting Family Farming in the Age of Monopoly with Joe Maxwell

33:45 | Nov 16th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/family-farming-blp-episode-33/. Joe Maxwell of the Organization for Competitive Markets details how our economy is tilted against family farms and rural communities, and how he’s working to build a politica...Show More
This Ag Economist Preached Bigger is Better. Now He Says the Evidence Favors Small Farms.

46:15 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/sustainable-agri…e-blp-episode-31. John Ikerd, an agricultural economist, sits down with Stacy Mitchell to discuss the consolidation of our food system and why he supports family farms as opposed to corpora...Show More
San Francisco Breaks the Chain Stores, Strengthens Neighborhood Economies

32:54 | Oct 19th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/san-francisco-chain-stores-episode-31-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. San Francisco has one-third as many chain stores as the national average. That's thanks in large part to a city ordinance that rest...Show More
Beating the Monopolies: Barry Lynn Explains How We Will Win

47:20 | Oct 5th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/beating-the-monopolies-barry-lynn-episode-30-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell sits down with Barry Lynn, head of the ...Show More
Electric Vehicles Use Local Power to Cut Pollution and Driving Costs

30:35 | Sep 21st, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/electric-vehicles-episode-29-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode of Building Local Power podcast, ILSR researchers John Farrell and Karlee Weinmann talk about electric vehicles and the poss...Show More
With Whole Foods Deal, Amazon's Empire Grows

27:19 | Sep 7th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/whole-foods-amazon-episode-28-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, ILSR researchers Stacy Mitchell and Christopher Mitchell discuss the impact of the rec...Show More
What Neighborhood Retail Gets Right

32:30 | Aug 24th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/neighborhood-retail-episode-27-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode of Building Local Power, Stacy Mitchell speaks with local Washington D.C. hardware owner Gina Schaefer on her experience o...Show More
Connecting Rural America: Internet Access for All

29:47 | Aug 10th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/connecting-rural-america-episode-26-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode of Building Local Power, guest host Nick Stumo-Langer speaks with researchers Hannah Trostle and Christopher Mitchell...Show More
Fishing for Local Power

35:00 | Jul 27th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/fishing-for-local-power-episode-25-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, hosts Stacy Mitchell and Christopher Mitchell speak with Niaz Dorry, coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic ...Show More
Local Solar Power: Red Plus Blue Makes a Green Tea Party

32:10 | Jul 13th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/local-solar-power-episode-24-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, host Christopher Mitchell and Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell interview Debbie Dooley, co-founder of Cons...Show More
How Big Businesses Get Big Subsidies

25:52 | Jun 29th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/big-businesses-big-subsidies-episode-23-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. Greg LeRoy, Executive Director of Good Jobs First speaks with ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell about public subsidies for big busi...Show More
Why Local Self-Reliance?

35:25 | Jun 15th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/why-local-self-reliance-episode-22-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, ILSR co-founder David Morris speaks with host Christopher Mitchell about the continued relevance of local self-relian...Show More
The Monopolist’s Playbook: Strategies To Keep Overwhelming Economic Power

35:43 | Jun 1st, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/monopolists-playbook-episode-21-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, guest host Nick Stumo-Langer chats with a number of ILSR experts on how concentrated economic power is reacting to local...Show More
Tech Startup Allows Communities to Support Local Businesses

30:38 | May 18th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/tech-startup-local-businesses-episode-20-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, host Christopher Mitchell and frequent guest Stacy Mitchell interview Katrina Scotto di Carlo about her work su...Show More
Creating Community Wealth Through Compost

23:45 | May 4th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/creating-community-wealth-through-compost-episode-19-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode ILSR's Christopher Mitchell and Linda Bilsens sit down to talk with community composters Sophia Hosa...Show More
Policies That Make Markets Work, Hello Antitrust

25:39 | Apr 27th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/antitrust-policy-episode-18-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, host Christopher Mitchell is joined by Silicon Valley author and lawyer Gary Reback to discuss the potential impact of antit...Show More
Mayors Take on Preemption to Defend Local Solutions

29:35 | Apr 20th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/defend-local-solutions-episode-17-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, host Christopher Mitchell and colleague Nick Stumo-Langer are joined by Tallahassee, Florida Mayor Andrew Gillum to ta...Show More
Small Banks, Big Benefits

33:45 | Apr 13th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/small-banks-big-benefits-episode-16-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, host Christopher Mitchell and frequent guest Stacy Mitchell are joined by Justin Dahlheimer, President of the First ...Show More
Breaking Through Partisanship: Left-Right-Local

33:55 | Mar 23rd, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/breaking-through-partisanship-left-right-local-episode-14-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, ILSR experts John Farrell, Christopher Mitchell, Stacy Mitchell, and David Morris discuss the ...Show More
America's Major Market Power Problem

25:44 | Mar 9th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/market-power-problem-episode-13-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, Stacy Mitchell of our Community-Scaled Economies initiative runs down the reality that large, consolidated companies hav...Show More
The Power and Perils of Cooperatives

24:42 | Feb 23rd, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/the-power-and-perils-of-cooperatives-episode-12-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, Hannah Trostle of our Community Broadband Networks initiative and Karlee Weinmann of our Energy Democrac...Show More
Bolstering Waste Recovery Through Model Legislation

19:47 | Feb 9th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/waste-recovery-episode-11-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, Brenda Platt of our Waste to Wealth initiatives discusses the power of composting in a variety of ways. She discusses the hist...Show More
Preemption, Local Authority, & Municipal Broadband

26:09 | Jan 26th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/preemption-episode-10-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, John Farrell, the director of ILSR's Energy Democracy initiative, interviews Christopher Mitchell (our usual podcast host) and Lis...Show More
The Perils of Privatization

28:16 | Jan 12th, 2017

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/the-perils-of-privatization-episode-9-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews David Morris, a co-founder...Show More
The Year in Building Local Power

33:04 | Dec 29th, 2016

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/the-year-in-building-local-power-episode-8-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews a roundtable of ILSR ...Show More
Composting Cultivates Economic Development

16:37 | Dec 15th, 2016

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/composting-economic-development-episode-7-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Linda Bilsens, Project...Show More
Amazon's Growing Stranglehold

20:59 | Dec 1st, 2016

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/amazons-growing-stranglehold-episode-6-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Stacy Mitchell (no relati...Show More
Broadband Boosted at the Ballot, An Election Wrap-Up

28:12 | Nov 17th, 2016

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/broadband-boosted-at-the-ballot-episode-5-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Lisa Gonzalez, Senior ...Show More
Powering a Political Revolution, North Dakota's Non-Partisan League

26:50 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/powering-a-political-revolution-episode-3-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews David Morris, the co-f...Show More
Energy Democracy: Customer Control over Renewable Energy

21:49 | Oct 20th, 2016

Show page available at: https://ilsr.org/energy-democracy-episode-3-of-the-building-local-power-podcast. In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews John Farrell, director of our Energy ...Show More
The True Value of Recycling and the Waste Stream

21:18 | Oct 6th, 2016

In the second episode of our Building Local Power podcast, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Neil Seldman, ILSR co-founder and senior staff member of the Waste to Wealth initiative about the hidde...Show More
The Dark Store Tax Dodge of Big-Box Retailers

16:50 | Sep 23rd, 2016

Welcome to the first episode of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance's newest podcast series: Building Local Power. In our first episode, Director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, Christopher Mitchell, interviews Community-Scaled E...Show More